Heat set Scorchers 156 for victory in BBL

Adrian Warren |

Max Bryant smashed a BBL career-best 81 to give struggling Brisbane Heat some hope in their clash with newly minted minor premiers Perth Scorchers.

Batting first after winning the toss, Brisbane made 7-155 at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium, with Bryant’s 56-ball innings accounting for more than half their total.

The hard-hitting right-hander smashed seven fours and four sixes, beating his previous best T20 score of 71.

Brisbane, coming off four straight losses, made a flying start in smashing 39 off the four powerplay overs.

Bryant achieved the not inconsiderable accomplishment of comfortably outscoring opening partner Chris Lynn (7).

Bryant compiled 36 of the Heat’s first 44 runs with Lynn holing out to mid-on to continue his disappointing 2021-22 campaign.

Perth fought back in the middle overs, with spinners Peter Hatzoglou (2-17), Ashton Agar (1-26) and paceman Jason Behrendorff (2-25) pegging back the run-rate.

Brisbane gave their innings some much-needed momentum by smashing 30 off their two power surge overs.

They then lost 3-12 with captain Jimmy Peirson  (31 not out off 19) the only other Brisbane batter to fire apart from Bryant, finishing with a six off the final ball.